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12 The Julian News March 18, 2015 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear EarthTalk: What's going to happen to the U.S. solar industry when the federal solar investment tax credit expires next year? -- Victoria Chase, Washington, DC In the U.S., a new solar project was installed every three minutes in 2014, and jobs in the solar industry rose from 15,000 employees in 2005 to nearly 174,000 today. This substantial growth is in large part thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005% 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial and residential solar energy systems. In 2007, after only one year of implementation, the ITC led to the doubling of installed solar electric capacity. In 2008, Congress passed an eight-year extension of De ITC, allowing solar to become the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. Solar has also become much more affordable: The average installed cost per watt has dropped from around $7.50 in 2009 to $2.89 in 2013. After December 2016, the ITC solar credit will drop to 30 percent to 10 percent and the residential credit will drop to zero--unless Congress extends this deadline. Large companies are currently making significant solar investments before the solar tax credit deadline arrives. In February 2015, Apple announced that it would spend $848 million over 25 years to buy 130 megawatts of electricity from First Solar's California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County. The project, which will occupy 2,900 acres of land in Cholame, California, is the solar industry's largest-ever corporate power purchase agreement. "Apple's commitment was instrumental in making this project possible and will significantly increase the supply of solar power in California," said Joe Kishkill, First Solar's chief commercial officer. "Over time, the renewable energy from California Flats will provide cost savings over alternative sources of energy as well as substantially lower environmental impact." Two weeks after Apple's announcement, Google announced that they would be making a $300 million investment with SolarCity, America's largest solar provider, for residential solar projects across 14 states and the District of Columbia. The SolarCity fund, which totals $750 million, is the largest of its kind ever created for residential solar power. "We're happy to support SolarCity's mission to help families reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs," said Sidd Mundra, Renewable Energy Principal at Google. "It's good for the environment, good for families and also makes good business sense." Duke Energy has also played a major role in catapulting solar energy in North Carolina, which ranked third among states during the third quarter of 2014 in installed capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Duke Energy's $500 million solar expansion plan includes their recent approval to build three solar farms in eastern North Carolina that will total 128 megawatts of capacity. "These projects will help provide significant amounts of Visitors check out First Solar's array of photovoltaic panels outside of San Luis Obispo, California. Credit. Russ Ferriday, FlickrCC # . California Business and Professions Code Section 7027. el se, requires thai any advertisement by a licensed contractor include the contractors license number. Section 70272 says that unlicensed persons whose work qualifies under the minor work exemption, less lhan $300 including maleriat and labor, may advertise, provided that he or she state in the advertisement that they are not licensed. The California Contractors State License Board publishes a free booklet, "What You Should Know Before You Hire A Contractor." For free information calf: 1-800-321-CSLBi2752). ervice nce anagement ## 24 Hour Emergency Service d~t~ ~ mar& COUNCIL %~;~7,~;# cost-effective renewable energy to benefit our customers," said Rob Caldwell, Duke Energy's senior vice president for distributed energy resources. To allow solar to continue to soar, the 2016 U.S. Budget includes proposals "to reform and renew tax credits that incentivize the deployment of wind, solar, and carbon capture sequestration technologies." Ken Johnson, chief spokesman for SEIA, says that his group plans to lobby Congress to extend the credit. "That's our top priority for this session of Congress," he said, adding that developers across the solar industry are "trying to do as much as possible before it drops to 10 percent in 2017." CONTACTS: First Solar, www. firstsolar.com; Solar City, www. solarcity.com; Duke Energy, www. duke-energy.com; SEIA, www.seia. org. EarthTalk is produced by Doug Moss & Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@ emagazine.com. Vet Connect Program Comes To Town At The Library Kindness is contagious. The spirit of harmony trickles down by a thlousand secret channels into the inmost recesses of the household life. The County's Department of Aging and Independent Services Veteran's Affairs office is partnering with the Julian Branch of the San Diego County Library to provide a new program to the backcountry. The VET CONNECT program allows you to take care of business that you would normally have to drive to San Diego to complete. Starting this week, you can now schedule an appointment and take care of many different VA benefits via a computer workstation that is set up at the Julian Library. Thursday is the scheduled day for appointments here at the Julian Library, although as their schedule permits another day could be scheduled. Veterans and or their survivors will be able to schedule an . appointment with the Veteran's Affairs office by calling (858) 634- 3222 and come to the Julian library for their appointed time, check in with a staff member and they will have an Internet session where you are see the person who is assisting you, and they can see you. This video chat als0 has a teiephone and fax machine so you may'speak with them and send them copies of your documentation. Appointment checklists are available at the Julian Library to ensure you have all of --Henry Van Dyke the proper documents with you before your scheduled appointment. The following claims can be processed through the satellite station at bThfl this in medicinal Using plant treatments was once so popular that French pharmacists painted its image on their doorposts. 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